This Sunday, July 31, our Peace & Justice Ministries partner COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) is sponsoring a luncheon screening of an acclaimed PBS American Experience film depicting a dramatic period in American civil rights history:
Sunday, July 31
12:45 – 4:00 pm
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid
An extremely realistic portrayal of this most significant chapter in our nation’s history, the film movingly illustrates the power of moral authority in the hands and hearts of ordinary people to prevail against the KKK and racist elected officials. Freedom Riders dispels the prevailing myth that Northern (white) students went on a mission to the South to combat segregation and instead makes clear that the leadership lay with the local African American residents who risked their lives to help bring justice to our land.
Please join us for an inspiring afternoon as we watch this important documentary, have lunch together and discuss the film and its implications for our anti-racism work.
Please RSVP by July 26 to Mary Torregrosa (email@example.com or 626-271-3056) for your lunch reservation and to arrange childcare.
The film, by Old Dog Documentaries, “lays out the background of the ‘coffee crisis,’ a situation that Seth Petchers of Oxfam International describes as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’ We meet the coffee growers of Agua Buena in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, who welcome us into their homes and describe the labor-intensive process of shade-grown coffee production.” The film also “offers simple but effective solutions based on what Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center calls the ‘natural organic connection that exists between farmers, coffee drinkers, and birds.’”
There will also be a presentation by Gilberto Ramirez, from CoopeAgri, R.L., San Ysidro, Costa Rica, who is a visionary innovator and a leader in his community, the first Fair Trade Town in Latin America.
Astroturfing: The practice of creating fake grassroots groups to spread propaganda against social programs and public officials serving the public good over powerful corporate interests. Conscientious Projector takes a look at this phenomenon in (Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate Is Faking a Grassroots Revolution (aka The Billionaires’ Tea Party) on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham’s bold 2010 documentary exposes the link between the Tea Party movement and the multi-billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, whose political advocacy organizations FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have taken the lead in orchestrating insurgence against the Obama administration’s reform agenda.
A community discussion follows the film. For more information, send us an e-mail, post a comment or visit the film’s website at www.astroturfwars.com.